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Croatia/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning

From 2004 until 2011, the preservation of nature was under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture. Since December 2011, under the new government, the preservation of nature is now in the realm of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, while the legislation regarding urban planning is within the competence of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning. Key challenges with regard to the cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning refers to the need to ensure respect of cultural heritage protection provisions in the context of development projects as well as in the current process of legalization of illegally constructed buildings and sites. While it is understandable that the government decided to launch this process and finally legalized buildings constructed decades ago that never obtained all necessary permits, at the same time there is a concern that in this process protection of cultural heritage and in particular respect of archaeological sites and zones might be endangered.

Chapter published: 04-05-2017

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